There’s still time to register for the Gay Head 10K this Sunday, Oct. 4, at 10 am. Registrations will be taken until 9:30 am on race day. One more reason to run? This year’s winners will be awarded free registration for the 2016 race.
Thursday at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown is the ACE MV course sampling fair, from 5 to 7 pm.
At the library: This Saturday from noon to 2 pm, you can stop in and wish Morgan a happy birthday and make no-bake cookie bars; next Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 5 pm, kids can come in and trade Pokémon cards. On Saturday, Oct. 10, you can make glow-in-the-dark slime. The next book group meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 6 pm. There will be a discussion of the Dark Romantics: Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The subject will be two short stories, Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” and Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil.” Perfectly macabre for an October evening! Light refreshments will be served. Both short stories are available to pick up at the library.
The Aquinnah Cultural Center is still open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm. This Saturday you can learn about Traditional Dugout Canoe Making. Come see Darius Coombs, Mashpee Wampanoag, demonstrate the traditional skill of making a log boat, using fire as the main tool to shape the vessel. Free with admission. For more information, please contact the center at 508-645-7900 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission prices are $5 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and under.
The Gay Head Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm. They are also sometimes open “by chance,” so if you see the open sign, you can stop in, and you can always make an appointment by calling 508-645-2776.
Sassafras will be at the Living Local Harvest Festival this Saturday, Oct. 3. Join their fire and see a presentation on what Nature Mentoring really does, at 11 am. The following Saturday, they are continuing their exploration around the Island, and they will be on Chappy. You can register by going to their website at sassafrasmvy.org or by calling 508-645-2008.
Aquinnah has a new public health nurse, Marion Santos, MSN, RN. She is at the Aquinnah Town Hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4 pm. You can come by for a free blood pressure clinic and to ask general health questions. Home visits are possible too. This year’s all-Island flu clinic, sponsored by the Island Boards of Health, is being held on Oct. 6, from 4 to 7 pm, at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. It will not be a drive-through this year. Everyone over the age of 6 months is welcome.
I have been remiss in mentioning some things in a timely way. The first is a thank you from Fred Littleton of Chilmark, who was sailing on Menemsha Pond on Labor Day weekend when his boat was capsized by a gust of wind. The boat quickly filled with water, and while he was able to get it to the Aquinnah shore of the pond, he still had to bail it out and sail it back to Quitsa. There was no one in sight, and Fred said that three swimmers, two men and a woman, “appeared, almost magically, from the water.” With their help, Fred was able to bail out the boat and get it back home. Fred did not get their names, but wanted to make sure they were thanked. Thank you, good Samaritans!
The second item I have not mentioned is the passing of William Waterway, who died on Sept. 12. William was a true Island character, and his dedication to clean water everywhere, but especially on Martha’s Vineyard, was unmatched. He always had a kind word whenever I saw him, and was always curious about what I was up to. In fact I would say that that word — curious — describes him quite well. He was also a friend to the Gay Head Light, and was very involved in its preservation. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Hall. Contributions in William’s memory can be made to: Town of Aquinnah, Memo: Gay Head Lighthouse Fund, 65 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535. Rest in peace, William; float on home.